Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Do you know what you should do after you have a house fire? For many people, the answer is often no. There are several things that have to occur before your life can get back on track, but the next step is not always clear.

Since 2009, SERVPRO of Iredell County has helped thousands of local homeowners restore their property and their lives. Our IICRC-certified technicians use industry-standard techniques to clean and restore your home back to its original condition. We also have the experience to help you navigate the recovery process, including working with your insurance company.

To help make the fire damage recovery process as easy as possible, we've compiled several tips to guide you while help is on the way.

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What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.